EDITOR, The Tribune.
I believe that diehard Free National Movement (FNM) supporters must now come to terms with the possibility of Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Philip Brave Davis becoming the next prime minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. Three years ago, Davis becoming this nation’s leader seemed farfetched. However, the onslaught of COVID-19 and the catastrophic passage of Hurricane Dorian have placed this highly coveted job well within reach of the PLP leader.
With the election season upon us, tempers from both sides of the political aisle have flared up. The current atmosphere is acrimonious, with PLPs and FNMs arguing on Facebook over which party deserves to be elected to government. The pendulum has undoubtedly swung in the PLP’s favour, with many political pundits predicting a landslide victory for the official Opposition. I am sensing that certain FNMs are feeling angry and uncertain. In the event that Davis becomes prime minister, what would this mean for these FNMs?
I would encourage these FNMs to continue being law-abiding denizens, with the realization that the Davis administration will need all hands on deck to steer The Bahamas through this most difficult time. FNMs must be both supportive and submissive to Davis, as he would be their delegated authority whom God would’ve sovereignty appointed through our electoral system to govern us. Whether FNMs would want to admit it or not, if Davis becomes prime minister, it would definitely mean that he was chosen by God. In Jeremiah 27, Yahweh through His prophet cautioned Moab, Ammon, Zidon, Tyre and Edom against rebelling against the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar, whom He had appointed to reign over these Gentile nations. Even the Southern Kingdom of Judah was not exempted from Nebuchadnezzar’s reign. Moreover, as leader of The Bahamas, FNMs would also be morally obligated to honour Davis, according to 1 Peter 2:17. It would be an egregious sin to revile Davis as leader. We can respectfully disagree with his policies, but to denigrate him or to speak disparagingly about him would be a clear violation of biblical law.
Not only should FNMs honour Davis, but they should also pray for him as their leader (1 Timothy 2:1-3). If Davis were to succeed as prime minister, then all Bahamians would succeed. Him failing would serve no meaningful purpose. Nor should FNMs root for him to fail. At the end of the day, The Bahamas is at stake, not the PLP or the FNM.
If FNMs cannot bring themselves to honour the person holding the office of prime minister, then at the very least they should honour that important position. In the final analysis, whoever is prime minister on the morning of September 17 will not change the immutable fact that the Lord Jesus Christ, Adonai, rules the universe He created for His pleasure. If Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis is removed from his position on September 16 in order to make way for Davis, FNMs can find comfort in the fact that it is Yahweh who “removeth kings, and setteth up kings” (Daniel 2:21).
Freeport, Grand Bahama,
August 24, 2021.